A Closer look at Osteopathy

If you have a business or individual Private Medical Insurance policy that includes cover for therapies, one of the NICE recognised therapies that you could have access to is Osteopathy. Treatment of your condition would be offered providing your condition is eligible.

The General Osteopathic Council confirm that Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

Osteopathy Treatments can be provided for many conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Problems with the hip, pelvis and legs
  • Sports injuries

Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage but do not use drugs or surgery.

The General Osteopathic Council regulates the practice of Osteopathy in the UK. Osteopathic practitioners must be registered with them by law. On their website you can find a whole host of information on what to expect when you visit an osteopath. It also provides information relating to training and registration. Importantly they provide a register which enables you to enter your postcode and find the qualified osteopaths closest to you.


There are no age limits for osteopathy treatment. Your Osteopath can therefore provide treatment the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people.

Cover for osteopathy is also available under Cash Plans both individual and company paid. The benefit level available to you will depend on the cover level you have.

If you would like to check your current cover to see what you have in place with regards to the treatment of conditions by osteopathy or you would like to take out a policy that covers osteopathy for the future then you can speak to one of our experts who will be happy to guide you. You can contact us via email enquiries@smphealthcare.com  or by telephone on 0800 047 0127 or 01245 929129.

*Information provided by the General Osteopathic Council